Thursday, June 30, 2016

[Destination: Philippines] Yo Amo Amomongo

They have their own yeti in the Philippines -well, two:

First, the Amomongo..




And, to a lesser extent, the Kapre:

The Kapre
But your Handsome Hirsute Himalayan Hominid still gets some love in the Pearl of the Orient Seas! Here's a couple of examples...

There's Crazy Yeti Frozen Desserts in Mandaluyong City:

Superkat was a famous comic book character in the Philippines from 1978 to 1983.


First ever yeti in comic?! : 1952's Glacier Beast

I'm excited about this find, folks. I think I should win some sort of cyber-sleuthing award.

So Cave Girl #11 in 1953 gets the honors of featuring the very first ape-like, abominable "Snowmen", but a year before, the story, Glacier Beast, appeared in the September '52 issue of Tomb of Terror #4 and it starred what are clearly meant to be yetis:

The "glacier beasts" (not sure why they are called that since there are no moving masses of ice) appear to be white-furred - is this the first example of this ever?!  They live on "Mystery Mountain" and attack any treasure seekers. 

They say AAAARRRGH! and MMMPFFFF! a lot because they can't talk, apparently.

Interestingly enough, this is 5-6 years before Tom Slick and the Pangboche Hand, and yet a severed Yeti Hand is discussed.

I love this retort: "Stay away from us, ya @#!*! slobs!"

Momentous: first time (and last?) time somebody calls yetis "slobs".

The treasure seekers are captured and brought to the yeti village where they meet the king.

They target the woman of the group and take her away.  The trope "Abduction in Love" comes to mind. It would later become very common to yeti stories from this point forward (hey, if it worked for King Kong...).

If one had any doubts that a Tibetesque setting was meant to be evoked for the Mystery Mountain, check out this clearly Eastern-inspired golden idol.

And finally: greed leads the final treasure seeker to be turned into a yeti himself:

This is the very first instance of this now classic trope -  most recently used in last year's big video game as the shocking twist ending.  I also ran down additional examples of this in later comics.  Were they perhaps inspired by this very story?

A big thanks to the fantastic blog The Horrors of It All for posting the scans!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Outer Limits' Gordon's Ghost (aka Chill Charlie, aka The Incredible Ice Man)

Season 1, episode 8 of The Outer Limits (aired November 11, 1963) is "The Human Factor".

At a remote military installation in Northern Greenland, a guilt-ridden soldier is haunted by his dead private's ghost, which resembles a creepy ice creature.

And the yeti connection such as it is would end there, except...
"Interestingly, a much cooler version, translucent with glowing eyes, was built but ultimately not used. Dubbed “Chill Charlie,” the statue has somehow managed to endure as an iconic TOL creature, whereas Gordon’s Ghost is largely forgotten outside the context of the episode." Source

Here's a collectible figurine made of "Chill Charlie":

And recent fan art:

Woody Welch

In 1964 trading cards were produced to showcase the Outer Limits' monsters, and they picked Chill Charlie to "lead the pack" as it were:

They also changed his name to the Incredible Ice Man, and gave him a backstory set in the Himalayas, so yeah : Yeti.

Though the likeness on the front of the card is still Private Gordon's Ghost from the TV ep:

Cover of trading card

Still from "The Human Factor"

The character was so popular it was one of the main subjects of this puzzle:

The Flurry with the Fringe On Top

Rachel Young

Benjamin Voldman

Carlo Beranek

Joshua Meehan

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Joshua Norton (previously blogged here, here, and here)

Today's theme is : Hands!

Actual Oven Mitt you can buy

Actual Snow Globe you can buy





Yeti Arcade: Doodle Farm

Doodle Farm (2011) is a breeding game where you can combine different animals. If you combine gorilla and polar bear, you get yeti.

Monday, June 27, 2016

[Mixed-Up Monday] Hybrids





Dragon City:

Dragon Mania Legends:



Wing Kong from Super7









My Little Pony (Episode: "Baby, It's Cold Outside", Season 1 | Episode 41-42,  November 10-11, 1986)


Yeti Arcade: MouseHunt (2008):

Kids Cartoon: Tom and Jerry Tales: Snow Mouse (aired 2/2/2008):



Kids Cartoon: My Little Pony -  Tirek, a demon who is pretty much a yeti mixed with a horse.






Zamboni ice resurfacer:

One was turned into a hybrid-yeti by the Abominable-ator in the 4th season ep of Phineas & Ferb:


Yeti Arcade: Final Fantasy IX (2000)


I didn't realize there was a crossover episode of The Secret Saturdays (blogged about here and here) and Ben 10 Omniverse! The evil Dr. Animo (Ben 10 villain) escapes prison and revives Secret Saturdays yeti villain V.V. Argost into a new body which is a mixture of various cryptids.  Argost is now a hybrid of various legendary beasts.